If you export goods to France, export regulations from the UK have changed post-Brexit and incur additional customs paperwork, tariffs, and duties. Below is a list of considerations to get you started on ensuring you know what to expect when exporting your goods from the UK to France. To make this process easy and stress-free, we recommend using a freight company such as Barrington Freight to handle the entire shipment for you. With our years of experience, you can avoid issues that get goods stuck at borders, costing time, money, and business.
You’ll need to know what your product is made of and any restrictions for France that will make your goods be stopped or held up. You will need to provide a detailed declaration for your goods to clear EU customs. To get the correct information about exporting your particular products, use the handy government tool here for more details or speak to your freight company.
You need an EORI (Economic Operator Registration and Identification Number) for the UK side, and you will need an EU EORI for importing into France. If you don’t have these both organised, you will face delays and increased costs when exporting goods, and they will not be able to clear customs. For more information, visit the government advisory page.
The UK and France have a double taxation agreement which means the same income is not taxed twice. If you’re registered for UK VAT, it may be possible to zero-rate the goods provided conditions are met. We recommend researching this for your goods or have your agent handle it. VAT is known as Taxe sur la Valeur Ajoutée (TVA) in France and is based on EU regulations with the standard TVA rate at 20%.
You can either hire an agent for your import declarations or do it yourself, but it’s essential to educate yourself on all requirements if you plan to DIY. If you decide to work with an agent, they must be established in the UK as the goods country of origin. If you need an agent for your customs documents, we can help you complete the paperwork and assist in getting your items cleared quickly alongside helping you ship your freight.
Find out if there are any special licenses or certificates you will need depending on the goods you export. Check on the government site here.
Post-Brexit exports to France may seem like a daunting proposition, but they don’t need to be with a bit of preparation and expertise. Knowing the correct procedures is so important. If you are unsure or would like support, use a reputable agent or freight forwarder to ensure there are no hitches, guaranteeing a stress-free shipment.